Advocacy National Awards

Laura Higgins, Dementia Advocacy project, Patsy Corcoran, Volunteer Development Manager, and Sue Read, CEO, enjoyed a lovely, jolly evening at the National Advocacy awards on Thursday 12th May, in Birmingham. The Dementia Advocacy project at BJF was shortlisted for the Outstanding Service category, but sadly did not win. Whilst disappointing, it was indeed an honour to be shortlisted at these prestigious awards, especially the first time we had nominated ourselves, and we made many useful connections on the night itself. The judging panel said they were  ‘...impressed with the impact of this service through working with other community groups, Universities, through direct advocacy , training and their group work, but above all through making connections.’. This category was won by Connected Voice (Safeguarding). ... Read more

Daps and Dandies

The Dementia Advocacy Peer Support Group (DAPS) are all living with a diagnosis of dementia - this group is facilitated by advocacy staff at the Beth Johnson Foundation. Dandelion CiC aims to create welcoming spaces for local younger (18+) people to share knowledge, exercise their creativity and build a community together. Hence, Daps and Dandies!  We worked together to design a project that could showcase local knowledge and experience and show that even though we may not meet or speak as we share these spaces, we who live in the six towns have many things in common. After having a virtual afternoon tea together the groups set out with a disposable camera and postcards to take photos of important things and places to them. What was created was the following beautiful photos around Stoke-on-Trent: ... Read more

Infographic May 2021

As we move on the icons are changing on our monthly infographic of how we are helping people during the difficult year, showing client visits as well as virtual meetings and workshops etc. Find out more We couldn't do this without our wonderful volunteers! #VolunteersWeek2021 ... Read more

The Pros and Cons of living with dementia during COVID-19

We are really excited to show a *sneak preview* of the project the The Beth Johnson Foundation are currently developing. This project is around looking at the; "Pros and Cons of living with dementia during COVID." We have produced seven short films showing members voicing their feelings and how they have managed using diverse coping strategies ... Read more

Dementia Enquirers

The Peer support group facilitated by the Beth Johnson Foundation, Dementia Advocacy Project, was successful in its application for a small amount of funding from Innovations in Dementia. We had to put forward a question and ours was “Does class intellect or ethnicity have a bearing on the dementia pathway”  The project started pre COVID-19, therefore some of the methods we intended using were altered. However, the most important aspect of it being that it was led and managed by people living with dementia. A report followed and we are delighted with the outcome and hope to expand on the report in the near future. ... Read more

DEEP Moments

BJF Dementia Advocacy Peer Support Group have been involved in a series of films by Bigger House Films, through DEEP (Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project) and funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. Together with other organisations members of the groups have described how they reacted when they received their diagnosis, what surprises them, what makes them smile and much more. ... Read more

There's No Bus Map for Dementia

Members of the Beth Johnson Foundation Dementia Advocacy Peer Support Group were asked to develop a ‘Comic’ about living well with Dementia with Manchester University, funded by Arts Council England. The ‘Comic’ is due to be launched in June at Manchester University. ... Read more

Support the Future

Recently, BJF hosted 1st and 2nd year medical students from Keele University. They worked with us for a few months in most strands of our work, whether it was with our Dementia Advocacy Project, Cancer Support Project, Research or Website input, they showed great interest and enthusiasm, often sharing their inspiring ideas. It was a pleasure to have them with us here at the Foundation and we look forward to carrying on our long-standing relationship with Keele in the future. ... Read more

Ageing Well-Creating an Age Friendly UK

Director of Policy and Engagement here at BJF, Lynne Wealleans, was recently interviewed by Elder, providers of high standard live-in home care to those in need across the UK, from the South East of England to the Highlands and Islands.The discussion covered the need to give people a voice in challenging times, how “ageing well” is a personal definition and the power of making a real difference at a community level. ... Read more

Enabling People with Dementia to Remain at Home

Today the Housing LIN (Learning and Information Network) publishes its report on the key role housing providers, and in particular social housing providers, can play in supporting people living with dementia to stay independent in the home of their choice for as long as possible. To read the full report click Here ... Read more

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